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There are now nearly 1,000 homeless families in emergency accommodation in Dublin

Latest figures show that there were 998 families homeless and living in hostels, hotels or B&Bs across Dublin in the month of August.

The Regency Hotel in Dublin that's used partly to house homeless families.
The Regency Hotel in Dublin that's used partly to house homeless families.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THERE ARE NOW here are now almost 1,000 families living in emergency accommodation Dublin.

Latest figures show that there were 998 families homeless and living in hostels, hotels or B&Bs across Dublin in the month of August.

The figure marks a 60% increase on the 607 families that were living in emergency accommodation at the same time last year.

The figures come from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) – the organisation that manages homeless services across the four Dublin local authorities.

The DRHE said that this month represents the first major reduction in the net increase of families in homelessness.

72 families were placed in emergency accommodation last month, while 67 families left homelessness, giving a net increase for this year of five.

This is compared to an increase of 54 families in July and 26 families in June.

“The Dublin Region Homeless Executive welcome this first significant recorded reduction in the net increase,” the organisation said.

However, the number of families in emergency accommodation is now at record level.

Speaking to RTÉ News at One this afternoon, director of advocacy with homeless charity Mike Allen, said that their was no leadership at national level to tackle the crisis.

The DRHE said that 825 households moved from homeless accommodation into their own tenancies this year.

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